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Manohar sole nomination for BCCI president

Shashank Manohar is set to be elected BCCI president unopposed on Sunday, replacing Jagmohan Dalmiya who died in Kolkata on September 20.

Nagraj Gollapudi and Amol Karhadkar
03-Oct-2015
Shashank Manohar is set to be elected BCCI president unopposed on Sunday, replacing Jagmohan Dalmiya who died in Kolkata on September 20. At 3 pm on Saturday, the deadline to file nominations, only Manohar's name was filed as a candidate for the election that will be held during the special general meeting in Mumbai on Sunday afternoon.
Manohar received backing from all the six members from East Zone - Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), National Cricket Club, Odisha Cricket Association, Jharkhand Cricket Association, Assam Cricket Association and Tripura Cricket Association. It is understood all six East Zone members nominated him, as it is the zone's turn to nominate the president for the period till 2017. Soon after Dalmiya's death, there was talk of the East camp wanting one of its own to stand for the elections, but there was no consensus, thus paving the way for Manohar.
Confirming the East zone's stand, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, representing the CAB, told the media at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai: "A lot of important people have led BCCI in the past and Manohar has also done it quite well. I am sure he will do a good job."
Dalmiya was the first BCCI president to die while in office, thus necessitating the unprecedented action of the board choosing a replacement at a special general meeting. This will be Manohar's second stint as BCCI chief - he served as president between October 2008 and September 2011. He had first emerged as the consensus candidate when the ruling political party in India, the Bharatiya Janata Party, backed him and opposed Sharad Pawar's candidature.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo